Patent Public Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting - November 2015

Public Session: 9:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Please submit questions to ppac@uspto.gov.

Time Topic Principal(s)
9:00 - 9:05 Call To Order Session Opening
•Introductions & PPAC Remarks
Esther Kepplinger, PPAC Chair
9:05 - 9:15 Opening Remarks Michelle Lee, Under Secretary and Director of the USPTO
9:15 - 10:30      Quality Initiative Update
 •Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative
Drew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents
Sandie Spyrou, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality   
10:30 - 10:40 Patent Examination Policy Update
•Comments on 101 Guidance
Bob Bahr, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy
10:40 - 10:55 >>> Break <<<
10:55 - 11:20 Operations Update
• Patent Statistics
Donald Hajec, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations
11:20 - 11:40

Regional Offices Update
Silicon Valley
Midwest

John Cabeca, Director, Silicon Valley Regional Office
Christal Sheppard, Director, Midwest Regional Office

11:40 - 12:10 International Update
•WIPO
•Global Dossier
Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs
Mark Powell, Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation
 
12:10 - 12:30 PTAB Update
•Rulemaking
•Pilot Programs

Nathan Kelley, Acting Chief Judge, PTAB

12:30 - 1:00 >>> Lunch <<<
1:00 - 1:15 OCIO/Patent-End-to-End Update John Owens, Chief Information Officer
Debbie Stephens, Associate Commissioner for Patent Information Management
David Landrith, PE2E Portfolio Manager
1:15 - 1:25 Legislative Update Dana Colarulli, Director, Office of Governmental Affairs
1:25 - 1:40 Finance/Budget Update Tony Scardino, Chief Financial Officer
1:40 - 1:45 Discussion/Wrap-Up Esther Kepplinger, PPAC Chair
1:45 - 2:00 >>> Break and Transition to PPAC Hearing <<<
2:00 - 5:00 PPAC Public Hearing on Patent Fee Adjustments

PPAC Quarterly Meeting [Video] 

PPAC Fee Setting Agenda

Speakers:

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Michelle K. Lee
Michelle K. Lee
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)